I have to say Alt.Net Seattle and the MVP summit were one of the best developer community experiences I have ever have. Aside from all the awesome side discussions over beers or just hanging out in the halls I was quite surprised to find this during the opening of the open spaces.
This was a huge surprise to me to say the least, not even that there was one … but there were THREE on the same subject! At first I was a bit hesitant as there are still many things not completely cohesive in my head but I am really glad that this session happened. It was amazing to have not only Udi Dahan in the fish bowl but also Martin Fowler and quite a bit of Dru. Let’s just say that the discussions were great!
I do wonder though … who decided the first D was Distributed?
I have to say that I was a bit disappointed that many of those discussions focused primarily on infrastructure but it is an important part of the topic that I will go into quite a bit of later.
I think my camera got most of the session so I will try to post a video of this and the Next Generation Architectures fishbowl (I was expecting this one to be more focused on infrastructures)
There was a question asked in the DDDD fishbowl that was never answered very well that I hope to address in the near future:
My team has never used messaging before; what would be the best way for us to get up to speed and to learn to do things right.
If you are already doing messaging and have thoughts on this drop me an email offline at firstname.lastname@example.org (remove the zs)
Aside from those two great talks the rest of altdotnet was also great. It is just crazy what happens when you get so many smart people into one place with high bandwith communications. Aside from conversations with Udi (which were great btw because they were mainly about the 5% of things we disagree on) I also had great conversations with many others including Chris and Dru who are working on MassTransit which is shaping up to be a useful and lightweight tool for enterprise integrations. I am looking forward to seeing this project progress.
In the Next Generation Architectures talk I got to meet Addy S for the first time as well as some other smart gents. If the guy with the beard who was in the fishbowl a bunch is reading this please leave a comment or drop me an email, I never got your name.
I am still in shell shock from all of last week and in need of sleep. Before tomorrow though I wanted to ask people reading this whether they would prefer the next cluster of posts to be implementing the easiest messaging scenario (in process infrastructure abstraction) or whether they would prefer to get more into the underlying infrastructure and concepts of a next generation default architecture …